Stroke devastates lives but recognizing the signs and the right care can make all the difference. Nearly 14 million people will have a stroke each year and over 6 million people die as a result.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. The short- and long-term effects of this depend on the region of the brain affected and how quickly it is treated.
Survivors can experience wide ranging disabilities including difficulties with mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel. Fast access to treatment saves lives and improves stroke recovery.
Remember … FAST
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered and checked with the word FAST.
F = Face Is the face drooping to one side?
A = Arms Is there a weakness in one arm?
S = Speech Is speech slurred or garbled?
T = Time If these symptoms are present it’s time to call the emergency services
The right care makes a difference, but many people are not getting the stroke treatment they need. Take a look below to see how you can help make the world free from stroke.
For more information visit the World Stroke Organization
Even with limited resources, something can be done.